American Bar Association
Standing Committee on Pro Bono
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Standing Committee on Pro Bono

Mission and Goals

The Pro Bono committee works to persuade mediators, arbitrators and others to do pro bono dispute resolution work and to work with legal services and state bar and national pro bono offices to set up such programs and policies.


  • In February 2003 the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution adopted the following resolution:

    The American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution urges each mediator, arbitrator or other neutral to devote at least 50 hours annually to providing pro bono ADR services; attorneys who are not neutrals to devote a portion of their pro bono services to assisting needy litigants involved in ADR proceedings; and bar associations to credit such pro bono activities toward an attorney's mandatory or aspirational pro bono requirements.
  • Goals

    The goals for the pro bono committee are (1) to implement and follow-thru with the mini-grants that were awarded in May and (2) to assist with the expansion and improvement of pro bono ADR programs through outreach and educational programs.

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        The Role of Gender in ADR


        Join us on November 18 at 12:00 noon Eastern Time for a conversation with two leading scholars in the field of negotiation as they speak to their findings on the impact of gender on negotiations. Listen in while they discuss the common assumptions, personal experiences, and their respective approaches ...

        What is the Relevance of the Joint Opening Session in Today's Commercial Mediation Process?


        In this webinar, a mediator, in-house counsel and advocate will disclose strategies on whether and when to make opening statements, who should make opening statements, and how advocates and mediators use the opening to set the stage for a successful outcome. Participants will learn the techniques mediators ...

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        Program Description: Cami McLaren will deliver a one-hour informational webinar on the topic of time management for attorneys, from her book Coaching for Attorneys: Improving Productivity and Achieving Balance, on February 12 at noon EST. In this webinar, Ms. McLaren will introduce you to a new way ...

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